Australian Shepherd Dog Training & Care

Known as an Aussie, the Australian shepherd dog is a type of herding dog that is being bred in the Western United States.  Their popularity began through rodeos, horse shows and Disney movies.  The Australian shepherd dog is commended for their innate versatility and trainability.  They are always obedient and keen in pleasing their owners.  They are also highly energetic and driven that is why they stand out in dog sports.  Unlike other dogs, Australian Shepherds need more physical and mental activities.  It is possible that they can acquire serious behavior problems if they become bored or even self-destructive.  Due to this energy, they would always want to have a task at hand, making them very efficient as search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide, service, and therapy dogs.  In addition, they can be a good watchdog even for children because they love to play.  They are very even-tempered and puppy-like even if they are already adults.

The Australian shepherd dog has a medium-sized built and a strong, well-balanced, rustic body.  It is important that the whole size of the head is proportional to the body.  Along with this, the muzzle should be equal or somewhat shorter than the back of the skull.  Moreover, their teeth should be forming a scissors or level bite.  The ears of an Australian shepherd are triangle in shape but its tip is slightly rounded and their eyes are shaped as a medium-sized oval with colors brown, blue, amber or any variations of these colors.  Their coat is medium in texture and is straight to slightly wavy.  It is also weather-resistant and moderately long with an undercoat.  The colors of the coats vary from blue merle, black, red merle and solid red.  They can come either with or without white markings and copper points.  The texture of the hair varies on each part of its body.  The hairs on the head, outside the ears, front of the forelegs and below the hocks are short and smooth.  On the other hand, the hair are the back of the forelegs are somewhat feathered.  The breeches at this area are also sort of full.  Moreover, male Australian shepherd has more obvious moderate mane and frill.  As for its tail, Australian shepherd has a bobtail that is docked and straight.  Their chests are deep that its lowest point can already reach the elbow.   In addition, they have straight front legs that are perpendicular to the ground and oval feet and well-arched toes.

An Australian Shepherd dog is prone to several inherited health problems, such as problems in the back, hip, vision and hearing.  Serious health problems among Australian Shepherds are cataract and Collie eye anomaly, whereas, minor health problems of this breed include coronary heart disease, nasal solar dermatitis, Pelger-Huet syndrome and iris coloboma.  There are also other health conditions that sometimes affect the Australian Shepherd dog and these are lumbar sacral syndrome, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, von Willebrand disease, distichiasis, patent ductus arteriosus, and persistent papillary membranes.

Owning An Australian Shepherd Puppy

 If you are a dog lover then you would definitely love an Australian shepherd puppy.

What is an Australian shepherd puppy?

An Australian shepherd is herding dog by breed. Contrary to popular belief, “the Aussie” (as the Australian shepherd is fondly called) was not bred nor developed in Australia. It was actually developed in the United States.

The Aussie is highly valued by its owners because of its inherent trainability. These dogs are very versatile and easy to train on top of being unbearably cute and cuddly. The Aussies eagerly await their masters and are ready to do their every bidding just like a suitor trying to score a hot date.

You may be wondering what the Aussie has that separates itself from all those beady eyed dogs.

The cute little creature is a medium-built and very robust hound. The ears are high on its head and have a triangular shaped tip. The fur on its body is smooth to the touch and ticklish to the finger tips. Its wavy fur bounces beautifully as it plays with you or runs around chasing its tail. The tail of the Aussie can stretch to four inches and its legs are slightly feathered.

The male Aussies have small manes that surround their cute little heads. The manes are more prominent on the male Aussies compared to the female Aussies. These dogs also have broad chests but not as deep as other herding dogs. The eyes are oval shaped and can have varying degrees of colors such as blue, amber, brown, and the eye color flecks to make beautiful hue inside its beady eyes. The coat that wraps around its body changes color depending on the climate that it grows up in. The colors of its coat range from black, blue, red, and a combination of the colors dotted with white shaded markings.

The Australian shepherd puppy has a laid back attitude that makes it easy to get along with whoever owns it. The pup is tame and mild mannered. The puppy’s easy going demeanor makes it hard not to be affected by its soothing personality. Despite its mild mannered nature, the Aussie is a protective pet that makes it fit as a watchdog. You can leave your children behind with it and it would protect them as if they were its own. The Aussie is an outdoor animal that loves to run around open fields, so you are going to find it difficult to leave it locked up inside a living room.